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Michael Bailey was born in Charleston, South Carolina and received his Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness with a focus in Health Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is currently enrolled in the Political Science Doctoral program at The University of South Carolina (USC) where his areas of focus are Public Administration and Public Policy. In 2017, Michael was one of 12 nationally recognized graduate students honored as an Equity and Inclusion Fellow by the National Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). To further enhance his professional proficiencies, Michael has also several certifications in project management including a credential as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and recognition as a National Government Finance Officer Association (GFOA) Fellow, an honor awarded in late 2017. Michael works primarily as a program manager for The South Carolina Department of Health and Control’s (DHEC) Environmental Justice Program. In this role, Michael oversees the successful implementation of this program by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with professionals from other state, federal, and tribal agencies, external organizations, academic institutions, and environmental justice-based coalitions. Michael also assists in the strategic planning and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to spur responsible economic development, community revitalization, and the education of government actors, business communities, and the public regarding environmental justice and public health concerns.
In 2017 Michael was one of 20 DHEC employees selected out of a pool of 3,500 employees to be nominated by the agency’s executive leadership to take part in the agency’s 2nd Leadership, Excellence, and Achievement Program (LEAP) cohort. In April 2018, Michael acted as project manager and assisted the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus with hosting their first Statewide Minority Health Summit in observance of Minority Health Month. In support of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, a sister state agency, Michael participates on that agency’s Poverty Action Plan Committee by sitting on the Interagency Steering Committee. Other committee charges include The Citadel’s Government Affairs Committee and the Black Caucus of the National Government Finance Officers Association.
In addition to his role with DHEC, Michael is an active member of the Board of Trustees for Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, an appointment he was nominated to by South Carolina’s Richland County Council. That appointment was later confirmed by Governor Henry McMaster. In addition to this board, Michael also serves under a gubernatorial appointment, awarded by previous South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, to the South Carolina Department of Licensure, Labor, and Regulation’s (LLR) Board of Examiners for Professional Counselor, Family and Marriage Therapist, and Pyscho-educational Specialist. There Michael assisted with the drafting and updating of current statues and regulations to further elevate and protect the discipline. Michael also conducts hearings on alleged violations and complaints related to ethics, certification, and malpractice and administers disciplinary measures as necessary to ensure the protection of the populations this discipline seek to serve.
Prior to the above mentioned charges, Michael served on the Board of Directors for the Central Midlands Council of Governments where he worked to encourage equitable economic development within Richland County and the surrounding jurisdictions. Together the above-mentioned charges allow Michael to strategically address the social determinants of health while creating a multi-disciplinary approach to improving wellness for South Carolinians. Most recently, Michael further acted on his passion for improving capacity in South Carolina by accepting a part-time position with USC’s Preston College as an advocate for leadership. There Michael will assist the college’s leadership with the creation and facilitation of leadership development programs for undergraduates living in USC’s only residential college.
Michael believes fully in the term of servant leadership. He understands that the true merit of a leader is to improve the circumstances and leadership acumen of those around him through service and community engagement. Michael is a lover of music and a life-long learner who constantly seeks out ways to improve the lives of those around him. He also has a fascination with exploring new cultures, traveling to new places, listening to live neo-soul bands, and supporting spoken word events. Other passions of Michael include salsa dancing, discovering new cheesecake recipes, volunteering with sports programs for the youth, and creating mentor-mentee connections.